Petit Valley, Trinidad and Tobago

University of the Southern Caribbean

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Petit Valley, Trinidad and Tobago

The University of the Southern Caribbean is a private university owned and operated by the Caribbean Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. The main campus is located on 384 acres of land in the Maracas Valley of the twin island of Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. There are also six satellite extension campuses located in Scarborough, , 23x15px Trinidad and Tobago, San Fernando, 23x15px Trinidad and Tobago, Georgetown, 23x15px Guyana, Bridgetown, 23x15px Barbados, Castries, 23x15px Saint Lucia, and St. John’s, 23x15px Antigua and Barbuda. One other satellite campus is in the planning for St. George's, 23x15px Grenada.The University offers courses to foster values-based education, the curriculum not only focuses on the academic, but has a holistic emphasis - an education that attends to the mind, soul, and body. Wikipedia.

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Grote S.,Center for Nutrition | Modeste N.N.,Center for Nutrition | Sealy D.-A.,University of the Southern Caribbean | Tarleton H.P.,Loyola Marymount University
American Journal of Health Behavior | Year: 2017

Objectives: Health beliefs (HB) and fall and balance-related outcomes were examined following a 26-week communitybased exercise intervention among cancer survivors (CS). Methods: Fall and balance-related measures and HB were quantitatively and qualitatively examined during a 26-week intervention among CS (N = 33). Of the 33 participants, 28 consented to an interview about their physical activity (PA) behavior. Results: Participants scored high on balance efficacy (median ± range = 8.68 ± 1.53) and reported high perception of having barriers to PA (mean ± SD = 4.66 ± 0.59). Fall-related measures improved after the 26-week intervention (p =.002). Most cues to action to engage in PA were delivered by a healthcare professional (N = 18). Once enrolled in the intervention, social benefits and access to a program tailored toward CS emerged as motivating factors to engage in PA (N = 12, N = 11, respectively). Conclusions: There is a need to design fall risk reduction programs tailored to CS and to offer these programs in an environment that fits the unique physical and social needs of CS.


Lewis-Alleyne L.C.,University of the Southern Caribbean | Lewis-Alleyne L.C.,Jacobs University Bremen | Bassil B.S.,Jacobs University Bremen | Bottcher T.,Monash University | Roschenthaler G.-V.,Jacobs University Bremen
Dalton Transactions | Year: 2014

NHCMeSiCl4 (NHCMe = 1,3-dimethylimidazolidin-2-ylidene) was used to synthesise novel NHCMe-Pt(ii) complexes. An atypical trans-cis isomerisation process was also achieved for [(NHCMe)2PtCl2], while the synthesis of the unique double-complex salt [(NHCMe)Pt(cod)Cl] [(NHCMe)PtCl3] (cod = 1,5-cyclooctadiene) revealed the first-ever N-heterocyclic carbene analogue of the Cossa's salt anion. This journal is © the Partner Organisations 2014.


Francis M.,University of the West Indies | Francis M.,National School Dietary Services Ltd | Nichols S.S.D.,University of the West Indies | Dalrymple N.,University of the Southern Caribbean
Public Health Nutrition | Year: 2010

Objective Childhood obesity is increasingly being recognized as a major public health problem in the Caribbean. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a short-term, school-based, multi-component education intervention on improving the knowledge, attitudes and behaviour of primary-school children towards better dietary and activity habits.Design The study was a randomized, controlled, school-based nutrition education and physical activity intervention. Participating schools were randomly assigned to the intervention (IVG) and non-intervention (NIVG) groups.Setting All primary schools in Sangre Grande, north-east Trinidad.Subjects Five hundred and seventy-nine pupils in their sixth year of primary-school education were enrolled from twelve schools in Sangre Grande, north-east Trinidad.Results Approximately 23 % of participants had BMI 85th percentile of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention age- and gender-specific cut-off values. In multivariate regression equations controlling for age, gender, BMI and baseline value, intervention was associated with lower intake levels of fried foods, snack foods high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) and sodas (P < 0.05). In similar analyses, intervention was associated with higher knowledge scores (P < 0.01). Intervention was not significantly associated with physical activity and Childrens Eating Attitude Test-26 (ChEAT26) scores after controlling for age, gender, BMI and the relevant baseline values.Conclusions The intervention was associated with lower intake levels of fried foods, HFSS foods, sodas and higher knowledge scores independent of age, gender, BMI, ethnicity and the appropriate baseline value. Finally, the intervention was not associated with changes in physical activity behaviours in multivariate analyses. © 2010 The Authors.


Nichols S.D.S.,University of the West Indies | Francis M.P.,National Schools Dietary Services Ltd | Dalrymple N.,University of the West Indies | Dalrymple N.,University of the Southern Caribbean
West Indian Medical Journal | Year: 2014

Objectives: Childhood obesity and poor lifestyle practices are emerging as major public health challenges in the Caribbean. Given the fact that a significant part of childhood is spent at school, curriculum- based interventions aimed at improving good dietary and physical activity patterns may provide a useful vehicle for mass inculcation of long-term healthy lifestyle practices. In this study, we evaluated the long-term impact of a brief curriculum based intervention on dietary behaviour, physical activity and knowledge level of primary schoolchildren. Methods: The study was a randomized, controlled, school-based nutrition education and physical activity intervention. One hundred students each were then randomly assigned to the intervention (IVG) and non-intervention (NIVG) groups and followed-up for 18 months. Participants in the IVG group were exposed to a curriculum consisting of six one-hour modules followed by school-based activities geared at fostering healthy behaviours. Students in the non-intervention group did not receive any modules and were subject to the information available at school on a regular basis. Results: In multivariate regression equations controlling for age, gender, body mass index (BMI) and baseline values, intervention was associated with lower intake of fried foods and sodas (p < 0.05) and higher knowledge scores (p < 0.01) 18 months later but not significantly associated with improved physical activity or lower BMI. Conclusions: In this study, participants in the intervention group reported significantly lower intakes of fried foods and sodas and higher knowledge scores than participants in the control group some 18 months post-intervention independent of age, gender, BMI, ethnicity and the intakes at baseline.


Scobie A.A.,University of the West Indies | Scobie A.A.,University of the Southern Caribbean | Starr C.K.,University of the West Indies
Sociobiology | Year: 2012

The uncovered, single-comb nests oiMischocyttarus baconi Starr have short, stout, centric petioles. We describe nest size, cell size, petiole dimensions, and the position of the petiole. In a sample of 91 nests, the comb comprised up to 198 cells. Cells had a mean side-to-side diameter at the mouth of 3.4 mm. The petiole had a mean length of 2.9 and a modal width of 2.0 mm. The degree of excentricity was determined for a sample of nests of at least 20 cells. As expected, those attached to vertical substrates (wall nests) showed greater excentricity than those attached to horizontal substrates (ceiling nests).


PubMed | Obafemi Awolowo University and University of the Southern Caribbean
Type: | Journal: International journal of general medicine | Year: 2015

In patients with heart failure, death is often sudden due to life-threatening arrhythmias. This work was carried out to evaluate the pattern of arrhythmias in Nigerians with heart failure.Thirty subjects with congestive heart failure (CHF), 30 subjects with hypertensive heart disease, and 15 normal subjects with no obvious features of heart disease were evaluated with resting and 24-hour electrocardiographic monitoring and transthoracic echocardiography. Data were analyzed with one-way analysis of variance with post hoc Duncans analysis, Fishers exact test, and linear regression analysis using SPSS version 16.CHF subjects had more instances of supraventricular tachycardia (P=0.005), ventricular extrasystoles (P<0.001), bigeminy (P<0.001), trigeminy (P<0.001), couplets (P<0.001), triplets (P<0.001), and nonsustained ventricular tachycardia (VT) (P=0.003) than the other two control groups. They also showed a significantly longer VT duration (4.65.6 seconds) compared with the other groups (P<0.001). Linear regression analysis showed a significant direct relationship between VT and the maximum number of ventricular extrasystoles per hour (P=0.001).Cardiac arrhythmias are common in subjects with CHF and are more frequent when compared with patients with hypertensive heart disease and normal subjects.

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